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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
 
Release Date: 01/20/11
Contacts: Tom Alvarez, Public Affairs Specialist, (970) 244-3097    

New Advisory Council Sets Meeting Dates (01-20-11)


The advisory council for the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area (D-E NCA), western Colorado's most recent addition to the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM)  National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) has decided on dates, times and locations for the next four council meetings. The council will meet on Feb.2, March 2, April 6 and May 4, 2011 starting at 3:00 p.m. and continue until 6:00 p.m. The meetings on Feb. 2 and April 6 will be held at the Mesa County Courthouse Annex, Training Room A, 544 Rood, in Grand Junction. Meetings for March 2 and May 4 will be held at the Delta Performing Arts Center, 822 Grand Ave., in Delta.

The 10-member council advises the Secretary of the Department of Interior, through the BLM, on a variety of planning and management issues associated with the resource management planning process for the D-E NCA and Dominguez Canyon Wilderness. Meetings are open to the public with time set aside for public commentary on issues of concern. Until further notice meetings will occur monthly, but may be altered to take place as often as every two weeks during intensive phases of the planning process. Dates, times and agendas for additional meetings may be determined at future meetings and will be published in the Federal Register, as well as announced through regional media outlets and BLM's website for the Dominguez-Escalante located at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/nca/denca/denca_rmp.html.

The Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area encompasses 209,610 acres of BLM managed land in Mesa, Delta and Montrose counties in western Colorado. Within the NCA, 66,280 acres make up the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness Area, which was part of the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness Study Area. Long known for their scenic value, these lands are popular for those wanting to see the spectacular canyon country of the Uncompahgre Plateau. Red-rock canyons and sandstone bluffs hold geological and paleontological resources spanning 600 million years, as well as many cultural and historic sites. Ute Tribes today consider these pinyon-juniper covered lands an important connection to their ancestral past. The Escalante, Cottonwood, Little- and Big Dominguez Creeks cascade through sandstone canyon walls that drain the eastern Uncompahgre Plateau.  Nearly 30 miles of the Gunnison River flow through the NCA.  The Old Spanish National Historic Trail, a 19th Century land trade route, lies within the NCA. A variety of wildlife call the area home, including desert bighorn sheep, mule deer, golden eagle, turkey, elk, mountain lion, black bear, and the collared lizard.



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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